You don’t have to catch the coronavirus to be sick of it. Personally, I’m SICK of everyone looking to cash in on our misery over the infection… the shutdowns… and the hype. And maybe YOU feel the same way.
Some folks are even making infomercials for overpriced gimmicky masks and hand sanitizers now. But let’s face it when it comes to capitalizing on a crisis, no one can hold a candle to our old pals at Big Pharma.
What we see as a threat, they see as a marketing opportunity. So right now, they’re in the process of testing just about every expensive new med they have on the pharmacy shelf against COVID-19 in the off-chance it’ll work.
But it looks like they may have been beaten at their own game. Because new research finds there IS an existing drug that appears to cut the risk of death in the most severe cases of infection.
The trouble is… well, for THEM, at least… it’s not one the drug executives are going to be able to make stacks of cash on.
CHEAP old steroids could help SAVE lives
It’s not often you’ll hear me sing the praises of a drug. Because, while many absolutely have their place, more often than not, they’re overpriced, overprescribed, and can do more harm than good.
But as far as medications go, older steroids such as hydrocortisone are relatively safe for short periods. They have dozens of potential uses. And, as a bonus, they’re also dirt cheap.
Hydrocortisone, for example, is great on the skin for bites, stings, and rashes. And inside the body, it’s proven to be effective for sepsis, especially when combined with intravenous vitamin C.
Together this tag team could help fight off the immune system “cytokine storm” that makes sepsis so deadly.
A very similar “storm” is also known to strike in the most severe coronavirus infections. So it shouldn’t be too surprising to hear that some experts believe that hydrocortisone and two related drugs could turn out to be a COVID-19 breakthrough.
We still have a LOT to learn about this disease. And more research is needed, of course. But a series of studies published in the mainstream Journal of the American Medical Association… and even the World Health Organization itself… now say these steroids could be a useful front-line treatment for the virus.
Risk of death dropped by up to 36%
Researchers say steroids appear to slow the immune response, so the risk of the virus attacking the lungs drops.
That means they may potentially help prevent those deadly “storms” from starting in the first place. And they could save lives by stopping the infection from advancing into acute respiratory distress syndrome, or ARDS.
As a result, the JAMA studies find these drugs can cut the risk of death in coronavirus patients.
- Methylprednisolone cut the risk of death by 9 percent.
- Hydrocortisone cut death risk by 31 percent.
- Dexamethasone slashed the risk of death by a stunning 36 percent.
The results were so significant that an editorial in the journal declared the discovery an “important step forward in the treatment of patients with COVID-19.”
The World Health Organization says that steroids shouldn’t be used willy-nilly in anyone with symptoms or in every case, of course. Instead, the agency says, they should be used in sicker patients facing the highest risks.
But in these cases, the author of the editorial told the New York Times that “steroids are clearly beneficial.”
So if you develop the coronavirus infection… or if a loved one becomes sick… don’t hesitate to discuss the possibility of trying steroids with your doctor. Ask if the steroids could help in addition to your other treatments. Because, as the new studies show, these drugs could be a game-changer in turning the tide against this infection.